Edit: Amended the title to be more factually correct!
Cornering the link market some say, “counterfeit links” others mention…recently I wrote of the 2000 project that started slowly, gained a lot of momentum, and then just like the darlings of any stock market it fell from grace when the people who write the blogging rules stepped in and started slapping wrists.
I am not surprised, and anyone who knows how these blog ranking systems work should not be as well. As usual, just like the Z-List, what started as a good thing, suddenly gets all crazy, and people who are not on it or even on it cry afoul, some complain to Google and Technorati found out about it, and the whole thing just goes down the drain.
So sadly to prevent Design Sojourn from falling off the overloaded link band wagon, and getting black-marked by Google and Technorati, I’ve decided to remove the entire link collection and only link to the original site which has all the images.
I think this reflects the real spirit of the project and that is having 2000 of the world’s bloggers on one site. It just got out of control when Tino got people to put up the entire set of links on their own site, he has since sadly decided to take it down.
Am I scared? A little, but more scared of the unknown. What I am is a whole lot more concerned as I don’t want almost 1.5 years of quality design articles and design tips to go to waste. It seems Google and Technorati do black-mark such “link farming” activities as I did not get any links from Tino’s new 2000 bloggers blog, and I only found out about this fall from grace from 2nd hand information.
However the negative fallout of such lists only highlight the stupidity of blog ranking systems and the idea of blog popularity based on such rankings. Here at Design Sojourn I get decent traffic not crazy but decent (average 200 unique visitors a day) traffic and that is pretty good for me. Simply because I get a lot of repeat visitors (my repeat page views more than doubles my uniques visitors) and I can take the time to meet and chat with all the people that visit my site personally, either by comments or email. To me cultivating repeat visitors who become my friends is reward enough for me.
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